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s1owpoke
03-08-2005, 05:15 PM
Well I am breaking down and posting here with a very simple question. I was kind of embarresed with the simplicity but I don't know of anyone who uses this so here it is.

I am just trying to make a box so that i can view it in the perspective window on the top right. When I open the program I can see the grid in the top right window and can not get rid of it for anything. When I make a box it makes more of a capsule when I hit my tab key. I have no idea what is going on but I can not follow any of the instructional videos or anything because my perspective window is not blank like the ones they show.

Can someome please help me? :confused:

By the way, I don't know how long you most of you have been doing this but I am absolutely amazed at some of the art that is on this site. I would imagine special training or schools are probably what most people go through to learn this? Like autocad? Anyways, since I can not draw I thought I could try this out. I am willing to practice and play with the program. I usually learn pretty fast but I am stuck setting it up. :eek:

Thanks for any help

s1owpoke

gjjackson
03-08-2005, 09:01 PM
Considering your question I would instead suggest going to the tutorial site for Lightwave and downloading the beginners tutorials.

http://members.shaw.ca/lightwavetutorials/Main_Menu.htm

or

ftp://ftp.newtek.com/pub/LightWave/Tutorials/interactive/
http://newtek.com/products/lightwave/tutorials/videos/index.html

for some flash tutorials for the basics.

http://www.3dbuzz.com/ has some basic videos also. You'll have to sign up.

Once you check these sites out you'll have plenty to keep you busy. It's best to try to get a handle on these basics, otherwise you'll spend all your time on this forum trying to find an answer and not getting very far.

BTW - You Could pay for some courses but I'd suggest getting the feel for the software and what it can do. Each person goes at a project in different ways. Even for a simple object you can start with a box, splines, pen drawing etc., depending on what's best at the time.

Happy LWing

Silkrooster
03-08-2005, 09:31 PM
To turn off the grid, press the d key. This will bring up the display options. You will find a check box that says show grid, just uncheck the box and the grid disappears. That is for modeler.
For layout, press the d key to bring up the display options. (sounds familar. hmmm ;) ). Look for where it says grid type. Just select this button and a drop down menu will show, just select off.
As for the box looking like a capsule, it will unless you add some vertexes (Lines) to the box. This can be done in several ways, the tutorial should show you how to do this. One thing you will learn about lightwave, is there is more than one way to accomplish the same thing. Just some ways are easier and or faster than others. If the tutorial does not tell you how to create the vertexes, then someone should be able to help.
For more information on resources to learn Lightwave. Check out this thread on my forum http://www.silkrooster.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=19
Hope this helps.
Silk

gjjackson
03-09-2005, 06:57 AM
Check out this thread on my forum http://www.silkrooster.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=19
Hope this helps.
Silk

You listed some excellent beginner's choices. When I first got LW I was so overwhelmed I just sat down and read through the manual for a week. The manual has a good amount of basic information, and I mean basic. Each person needs to learn how to put it all together.

OT. A critique on your forum. I've noticed quite a few forums lately have the scroll bar colored virtually invisible. Why is that. I realize you can use a wheel, but I prefer not to use the wheel on web pages.

Silkrooster
03-09-2005, 09:54 PM
I agree with you reading the manual is very important. I actually recommend reading any book a minimum of 3 times. The first time a lot of information goes right over your head. Then you do some modeling, then read the manual again, then things start to click. Model somemore and read, more clicking.
The lastest manual is so much better than the one for 7.5, much more in depth of information.
Silk